Freeway Cap Best Practices & SR-94 Cap Park Study
Freeway caps (also called decks) can enable additional uses for land already dedicated to transportation facilities. They can be used to create new parks in urban areas where vacant land is scarce and dense development exists adjacent to freeways.
Caltrans District 11, in coordination with SANDAG and the City of San Diego, worked with a consultant team to study recent developments and best practices for freeway caps, along with potential pros, cons and funding sources. Completed in late 2016, the study:
- Assess the best practices of freeway cap projects.
- Engaged the community to develop a vision that considers both the opportunities and challenges for a cap over State Route 94 (SR-94).
Completed Study Materials - December 4, 2018
Visions to Victory: A People's History of the SR-15 Freeway
This 12-minute documentary details the efforts that lead to the new Mid-City Centerline Stations, the only freeway cover park in California (Teralta Park), the SR-15 Commuter Bikeway, Park De La Cruz, Ward Canyon Park, the City Heights Transit Plaza, the Boulevard Transit Plaza, two bike/pedestrian bridges, and more.
Completed Study Materials - December 1, 2016
- A compilation of key materials from throughout the study is available below, either as one file or in separate parts:
- • All key materials below in a single PDF
- Project Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Public Outreach Plan (PDF)
- Public Outreach Summary (PDF)
- Kickoff Meeting (June 17, 2015) Presentation Slides (PDF)
- Neighborhood Assessment (PDF)
- Design Review Meeting (December 16, 2015) Presentation Slides (PDF)
- Cap Park Design Concept: Plan & Section Views (PDF)
- Planning-Level Capital Cost and Operations & Maintenance Cost Estimates (PDF)
- Open House Meeting (September 27, 2016) Presentation Slides (PDF)
- SR-94 Cap Park Brochure (PDF)
Past Meetings & Materials
September 27, 2016: Public Open House Meeting
The study concluded with an Open House meeting to review the design concepts, cost estimates and case studies of similar projects.
December 2015: Community Outreach Summary
The design concepts were shown at community events and circulated online throughout Summer and Fall 2015 to gather community input on a preferred vision.
December 16, 2015: Stakeholder Design Review Meeting
On Wednesday, December 16, 2015, the Stakeholder Working Group met at the Sherman Heights Community Center to review the design concepts and discuss the study’s next steps.
June 17, 2015: Community Kick-Off Meeting
The first community meeting was held on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm at the Sherman Heights Community Center.